US companies team-up on air quality

US companies team-up on air quality

The new vehicles, which are already in operation, are the first of 230 to be delivered by early 2009 and will replace aging diesel trucks currently in use by independent owner-operators moving containers of JCPenney merchandise through the ports.

Powered by Cummins ISX clean-diesel engines capable of operating on ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel or B20 biodiesel, each truck will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 78% and particulate matter emissions by 90% compared with a typical truck it replaces.

Marie Lacertosa, senior vice president and director of logistics for JCPenney said, “This fleet conversion demonstrates that the private sector is capable of implementing sustainable, long-term solutions to port environmental issues that also preserve jobs and maintain the efficient flow of goods.”

As members of Coalition for Responsible Transportation, both companies are committed to supporting the ports’ 2012 air quality goals and expect the fleet to meet the ports’ emissions goals by early 2009, well ahead of the ports’ deadlines.

The voluntary truck replacement programme is based on a leasing model providing owner-operators with new, ‘clean trucks’ through a private-sector financial arrangement. This represents an innovative and cost-effective way for the private sector to meet recently adopted goals for the replacement of pre-2007 diesel trucks at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.